Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The subject today, folks, is a #TechTerm (to make the term search-able is why the pound sign is there) known in the technology business as Dogfooding. What in the name of time is Dogfooding? As you may be able to guess, it means eating dogfood that you yourself have made, or simply, using your own product and solutions.
If you are a private or independent technology consultant, as I am, this idea is critical. But, in all walks of life, dogfooding is important, as it prevents a dreaded symptom of not taking our own medicine; Hypocrisy. No one wants to be or even feel like a hypocrite.
Yes, using your own solution to fix your own issues is very important and a fine way to learn more about yourself, your needs, your industry, et cetera, and on and on...however, even I get tired of Dogfooding, sometimes...like in the previous sentence. Have a great day, dear readers.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
But check it out at your local T-mobile and AT&T store if you have time...it is very impressive to play with.
However, you may find yourself irresistibly drawn to it's bold new interface. It is a stunning achievement by Microsoft. Then, by all means, if you are not heavily invested in Android or iPhone, feel free to buy.
Barnes and Noble started as a #brick-and-mortar enterprise. They understand the pleasure of finding an entire catalog of works, not just the ones that sell best, from a new author a reader has become enamored by. So they will have the obscure sophomore effort by Salman Rushdie, for example, while Amazon, may not have it available to download, because it doesn't sell, you see, and Amazon is about choice, sure, but Mr. Bezos and company are also about profit margins above breadth of back catalogs.
Barnes and Noble are the specialists, they actually have helped create the demand for books in the first place. They know their customer. Amazon is still learning the habits of the highly voracious reader, a species switching rapidly to the e-publishing medium. Should be an interesting contest till Amazon buys Barnes and Noble's back catalog rights, and then, my friends, it will all be over...
Monday, October 25, 2010
Well, in the tiny little island called Jaytv land, the functionality of a product must follow closely just behind It's form...unless it is an #Apple product, and then all bets are off...
The Nook at first seemed to be such a strange device...then I spoke with my lone adopter...as I will call my #decider/influencer mentioned below.
She mentioned the Nook's true strength, right out of the box...the completeness of Its back catalog of both authors' earlier works, and complete sets of all technical manuals in any given series.
BIG Deal, I was thinking...more tomorrow on how wrong I was...
Saturday, October 23, 2010
That, my friends, is the Kindle. An item so good at what it does, it is well on the way to being the generic name of the activity it facilitates, namely reading books that you do not physically own. What do I mean? The Kindle allows you to buy books digitally, not by some physical medium as primitive as say, oh, paper? It does this nearly seamlessly.
However, all is not right in the #e-publishing and #Kindle paradise.
Are you ready for this? The Nook, from Barnes and Noble, has some significant advantages, some I don't think Mr. Bezos or his team care about or are not possibly aware of. Yep, I said it, in some ways, the #Nook is a more #fully-realized product.
I spent part of a sunny So. California afternoon recently in the waiting room of my local Mazda dealer. I met a extremely passionate devotee of the Nook, who just happens to be a major influencer/decider (code for VIP) at the top aircraft fastener company in the world. I promised her the same anonymity as myself in writing about her take on e-books and e-publishing in general, and specifically, why she proudly bought a Nook and defends it to all who ask why.
what a fascinating conversation! Tune in later for the reasons I believe the Nook has a niche following that could grow significantly over the near-term.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Yep, the thunder rolls and the lightning strikes where I sit blogging away here in So Cal, but this is a smirk-inducing piece of news, as Engadget put it so eloquently;
France?!? Really? Ok, well this part makes sense. I'll explain why later...what do you think folks? The comment sections, as always, are open...
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Is it? This is a test, this is only a test...we will be back to your regularly scheduled programs forthwith...
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Does anyone out there remember a little green and black screen and any geek/nerd around you talking about the mobile internet? That was likely a ridiculous, almost 'proof of concept' version of the internet in a phone. That was 1G, or the first generation, and remember folks, geeks don't generally reproduce, so...
The next attempt was in color! Woo hoo! Now we were getting somewhere! You could actually pull up a movie time! This was proudly thought of as 2G or second generation, and we have established geeks like to improve the breed without any regard to opportunity or regard to the needs of others...so...
Now it got interesting...3G was here and the mobile internet exploded into the mass media, and the world ate it up. It is now the fastest adopted consumer item, the cellular phone, in the history of history. Yes, his-story, as mostly male geeks are still impressed with this idea...okay, now I am tired so, 3G=high bandwidth, or the ability to display content like cranky old analysts random wisdo# or what we call wisdom, much more quickly...this actually became useful to the majority of laptop and mobile users.
Now 4G is here, and the battle royal is raging in the geeks, the jocks and the business warriors minds...what will get the email and attachments faster and more securely so I can go home and see my kids that the Geeks and Freaks who thought 2G was pretty cool, now do not have. And there are a few converted Geeks in the group as well. This 4G switch is the end of the mobile access to the internet being anything less than universal among new phone and data users. What is next? Keep reading.
Samsung review tomorrow or Tuesday. Will be meditative and authoritative reading.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
FiOS by Verizon is just one example. The new jailbreak announced for the iPhone today is another. Greenp0ison?!? Really? So now, if you hate your iPhone enough, you can give Steve and Apple the metaphorical finger as they ever so gingerly "#jump the shark" (look to the left for definitions on the buzzwords) in matching black turtlenecks over the Millions-Selling iPhone 4 Slow-Motion Disaster, or MSI4SMD, as we call it here, around the billionaire dude ranch that is Apple. This is anal-o-gous to taking poison and hoping the other billionaire dies. What has Apple done to this hacker lately?
Now take your mind back with me one day to my promise to talk about the "crystalline entity" that is FiOS. Let's just say that whomever committed to bring fiber right into a house or apartment (like your humble correspondent's)needs to have a scene (sic) in the new movie "The Social Network" because this person or persons have brought unalloyed joy to thousands, if not tens of thousands. FiOS, quite simply, in the best terms, with the easiest definitions, rocks the house. Yes, it is that good. I have had it for years now, and it has never let my snark go unreported in the netherworld of Wireless Forums. Crystalline doesn't even begin to describe the picture or the service. If you live in a FiOS service area, you must try the un-re compressed HD Video service alone, if not the 20/5 (yes 20 Mega Bits down and 5 up) nearly perfect uptime internet services.
Whomever made those decisions to put $3000 dollars in in ONT (Optical Network terminal) and Routers in every house that wants to feel the future in their home today, shine on you crazy diamond! Thank you from the bottom of my black and white heart, dude!
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
How do I know this for certain? No blogger/analyst can know...there are just too may variables. Boo to anyone who says otherwise, because they are just that, other-wise.
Why am I deconstructing the language to an Orwellian level? Because I can. These random musings are based in a bit of fact, simple tricks and nonsense, and WAGs or Wild Bottom Guesses.
My best instincts tell me that a four-fold lead in coverage nationwide is a significant advantage...picture if you will, Sprint, now together with Clearwire, having the radio bandwidth to run Wimax, or Wimax2 (300 Mbits, or a few sets of the encyclopaedia simultaneously) On top of that, imagine a full LTE network for non-fixed deployments. Tons of redundancy, due to paired spectrum (blocks) of channels that greatly increase usability?
Hello future proof network with something we geeks like to call massive fail-over capabilities. This is what happens when you deploy with future needs in mind, not mindlessly buy up wireless providers (cough...Verizon...cough).
Quick question to ponder...who don't the Verizon FiOS people start running Verizon Wireless? Because they would change it too the better? Hmmm...sounds like time for a JayTV expose on the beautiful crystalline entity that is FiOS.